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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 43

Thursday September 8, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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     The Old Barracks Will Probably
     Be Re-Garrisoned.
           Rumor to the Effect that Several
           Companies Will be Permanently
           Stationed at the Old Fort.
      It is now confidently asserted that the old military post at this place will be reoccupied, and by more troops than heretofore. Since it has been decided to increase the US army to 100,000 men, all good points in the country for military barracks will be utilized. That troops will be stationed in this Territory there is no doubt, and that Fort Gibson is the best point is shown from the fact that it was chosen for a fort when the US Government had this whole unobstructed Territory to select from. The buildings formerly occupied by troops are still standing here, and can be repaired and enlarged at very moderate expense. The parade and drilling grounds are all right. Yes, forthcoming Territorial troops will be stationed at Fort Gibson.

           And Talk Over Diversity of Crops
     an Other Things.

     The farmer's meeting at the opera house last Saturday was somewhat better attended than the previous one. Connell Rogers was chosen chairman and J S Holden, secretary. Among the practical farmers present were S J Hart, J H Waddell, J M Fisher, J Ayers, F Miller, Amos Anderson, David Gray, W H Clark, Wm Mackey, Presley Green, J Sangester.
     Connell Rogers, who is a member of the Cherokee council and national board of education, is known as one of the most successful farmers of this section. He owns and cultivates a large bottom farm on the Arkansas river about three miles south of town. Among other products of his farm last year was about 600 bushels of apples grown from threes planted five years before.

Mr. Rogers made a short address which was appreciated by all present. Among other things, he said that the farmer should be self-reliant and if possible keep out of debt. Farmers to be successful must learn to live within their mean and keep their credit good and have a good name. Should raise what the family needs to use - hog, homony, beans, peas, potatoes, cabbage, onions and other products. Mr. Rogers gave his experience in potato raising this season - planted 25 acres, 20 acres destroyed by overflow, and sold $250 worth of potatoes from 5 acres saved, thus showing that potato raising is profitable. His second crop looks fine. (continued on page 4)

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SON-IN-LAW OF DANIEL BOON - Frank J Queen died at Birmingham, Ala., of paralysis, at the home of his daughter, Mrs N F Thompson, aged 91. He was stricken and never regained consciousness. The deceased was one of Kentucky's pioneer citizens, and until ten years ago was a prominent merchant of Bradstown, in that state. Then his wife died, and he went to Birmingham to reside with his daughter. He married a daughter of Daniel Boone, and was associated with that famous frontiersman in many of his activities in the early history of Kentucky. The remains were taken to Bardstown for burial.

CHARGED WITH BIGAMY - J C Clark was married at Anniston, Ala., not long ago, to Miss Victorial Chamblee, with whose mother he was boarding. He came from Rome, Ga., three weeks before. The other day Clark was arrested on a charge of bigamy, preferred by his bride and her mother. It is alleged that he has another wife and child near Rome. Clark at first denied this, but finally admitted it, claiming that he had not lived with her for some time.

MILL STONES EXPLODED - A grist mill on the farm of Capt John Floyd Smith, on Coccolocko creek, near Anniston, Ala., by whose water it was operated, got beyond control and "ran away," as it is termed. Two large burr stones exploded on account of the heat caused by the friction and wrecked the mill. Curt Smith, of Shinbone, Clay county, was fatally injured, and Will Chandler very badly hurt and may die. Both were employees.

WOULD BE ASSASSIN SLAIN - Charles Logwood, revenue officer of Limestone county, near Athens, Ala., shot and killed a negro who was standing over young Logwood's sleeping father with an ax raised in the act of splitting the old man's skull. This killing grew out of two recent attempts made to poison the entire Logwood family.

CHINN'S BROTHER-IN-LAW KILLED - William Morgan, a brother-in-law of Col Jack Chinn, the well-known Blue Grass (Ky.) turfman, was shot twice in the breast and stabbed once in the abdomen by James Moberly, at Harrodsburg, Ky. Morgan died shortly thereafter. There had been an old grudge between the men, which culminated in a personal encounter.

TENNESSEE CROPS - The late weather crop bulletin issued by the government says: Cotton much improved, opening rapidly, picking progressing well; tobacco, fine crop, ripening fast, large portion already housed; large quantities of hay and fodder saved; late corn and Irish potatoes need rain.

SAVANNAH RIVER RICE DROPS - The loss to the rice crop on the Savannah river alone by the recent storm is estimated at $200,000 to $250,000. Three-fourths of the crop has been destroyed. The loss to planters between Savannah and Augusta will run into the thousands.

AGED BAPTIST MINISTER DEAD - Rev James Lindsay, aged 93, a prominent minister of the Baptist church in Kentucky for three quarters of a century, died at his home in Alligree. He was born in North Carolina, but in early youth located in Kentucky.

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The Territorial press seem to be making all sorts of game of Hon Watt Duncan, the Cherokee fullblood candidate for chief. If is said that Mr Duncan has not yet informed President McKinley whether he will accept the Curtis law or not, nor whether he shall permit the townsite law to become operative.

The remains of Columbus, the great discover of America, may be again removed. His remains were removed from Spain to San Domingo in the sixteenth century, and from San Domingo to Cuba in 1796, where they now lie in the Catholic cathedral at Havana. The Spanish people want the remains brought back to Spain but America may object.

Clem V Rogers is being favorably mentioned as candidate for Chief in this nation on the Downing ticket. Mr Rogers would be a good man for the office if there were anything in it, but this office in the Cherokee nation, once a high and influential position, is now but a mere phantom of the past, soon to fade and vanish forever. Such is destiny and fate.

According to the Gladwin Record, one of our most valuable Michigan exchanges, which, by the way, was established by the senior editor of The Post about 21 years ago, a Clare girl when asked why she didn't marry, replied: "I have plenty money of my own; I have a parrot that swears, a monkey that chews tobacco and a stove that smokes; so you see I am not in need of husband very badly."

Fort Gibson contains one of the largest National cemetaries in south-west, containg 2,453 interments, to 1,963 at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The inmates of this "city of the dead' are those killed in the war of the rebellion, the Indian wars in this Territory and borders, with those who died in garrison here. Among the interments is "Billy Bowlegs," the noted Seminole Indian chief, who finally died in service of the US Government. The place is handsomely located on an elevation north of the old fort.

     The Vinita Leader
suggests that a monument to the Territorial Rough Riders who fell in Cuba be erected at Vinita. The suggestion is a good one so far as respect for memory of those departed heroes is concerned; but according to US Government orders recently issued at Washington all American soldiers who fell in the late ware will be removed to their respective States at expense of the government and interred in the National Cemetery. This being the case, not only the Rough Riders, but other Territorial soldiers who fell in the late war will be buried here at old Fort Gibson, where is located the only National Cemetery in the Indian Territory, which contains the remains of 2,453 persons, some of illustrious descent and National reputation
     The remains of those Territorial
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heroes who fell in Cuba should be interred in a group in a conspicuous part of our National cemetery, overlooking the old fort and the placid waters of Grand river, a suitable monument erected to their memory by public contribution. As a token of good faith in this matter The Post will start the subscription with $25. Who will second the motion, and contribute to this patriotic cause according to their means and inclinations? Let the public hear from the Territorial press on the subject.

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To the Editors of The Post:
     I have been asked whether, in my opinion, it is right for church members to dance, and I feel that I 'blew the trumpet with an uncertain sound,' or in other words, I did not reply emphatically. The very fact that you ask the opinion of others is evidence indisputable that you doubt whether it is right, and we all know that the safe side of any doubtful case like this is to say it is not right.
     In the first place dancing is wrong because it causes you to neglect your Christian duties. Second, you become more or less intimate with those whom you would not want to invite to call at your home. Third, because you spend money you cannot afford to spend. Fourth, it may sometimes cause you to go to the home of a lady who is sick and cannot chaperone you, thus leaving propriety to the chance attendance of some other married lady who, possibly, is not always present, in which case you need no one to tell you that it is neither right nor proper to stay there and dance.
     I have danced myself in years gone by, both before and since I became a church member, and know whereof I speak. I write this in order to set myself right, and in the hope that it may do some good. P W Hicks

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